Field Notes: Local Food

Isaac Kremer/ May 17, 2023/ Economic, Field Notes/ 0 comments

One of the direct effects of the COVID-19 pandemic were questions about food systems and where our food comes from. Production delays and creeping inflation in recent years have been cause for major concern. Collectively these crises revealed the disconnected nature between where food is raised and consumed. The farmers market movement has long focused on local food. Some require

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Field Notes: Business Recruitment

Isaac Kremer/ April 20, 2023/ Economic, Field Notes/ 0 comments

The International Economic Development Council in their Economic Development 101 training suggest the best business recruitment strategy is a business retention strategy. How does one go about accomplishing that? Regular contacts for one. In a Main Street setting the motto should always be to “get out.” Only when the manager is out and about in the district can they see,

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Field Notes: Parklet

Isaac Kremer/ April 10, 2023/ Economic, Field Notes, tactical urbanism/ 0 comments

A parklet is not only a physical intervention but also an economic one. To transform a parking spot on average of 250 to 400 square feet into a place for people allows getting a greater return on investment. Various studies have shown that spending by parklet users can boost revenue at neighboring businesses by 2x or 3x. This spending is

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Field Notes: Estimate Retail Market Demand

Isaac Kremer/ April 8, 2023/ Economic, Field Notes/ 0 comments

The Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Consumer Expenditure Survey (CEX) to estimate retail market demand, based on the current household demographic characteristics. There are a number of expenditure categories in the CEX that can be omitted from the estimate, as these are atypical (e.g., funerary services). This example demonstrates how to calculate market demand for Metuchen, New Jersey in 2017. Average Household Income $112,971–          Groceries $3,757–         

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Americans Return to Main Street – Review of Main Street’s Comeback by Mary Means

Isaac Kremer/ March 2, 2022/ Civic, Economic, Physical, preservation, Social, Writing/ 0 comments

By Isaac D. Kremer To purchase: Means, Mary. Main Street’s Comeback: And How it Can Come Back Again. HammonWood Press. 2020. The story of the revival of historic downtowns across the US is inextricably tied to Mary Means. In her role as Field Director for the National Trust for Historic Preservation covering the vast Midwest region of 10 states, she

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Parklet – South Orange, New Jersey

Isaac Kremer/ September 17, 2020/ Economic, Physical, placemaking, Social/ 0 comments

This very substantial parklet on South Orange Ave, just over a block away from the South Orange Performing Arts Center provides a nice outdoor seating area near restaurants. The tactical use of large concrete barriers buffers it from nearby parking and traffic on either end. Also, location near a pre-existing bump-out expands the public realm further out beyond the limits

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Broadway Market – Baltimore, Maryland

Isaac Kremer/ November 29, 2019/ Economic, Physical/ 0 comments

Cans filling station Taharka Brothers Ice Cream Annoula’s Kitchen Old Line Taco Love Grill Royal Farms World Famous Chicken phubs Southside Burger Bar List from Broadway Market website, 1/4/2020 Vikki’s Fells Point Deli Sophie’s Place European Deli Sal & Son’s Seafood Fat Tiger Old Boy The Verandah Taharka Brothers Ice Cream Connie’s Chicken and Waffles Thai Street Made in Baltimore